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The cranky, quirky and sometimes progressive politics practiced by a generation once considered slackers could be a deciding factor in this presidential election.

Faced with a no-brainer fix to close a tax loophole, Senate Democrats are dithering, caught between the interests of their donors and their voters.

Eight Nation contributors make the best case for their candidate.

How can the left be as adept as the right-wing spin machine at communicating its political agenda? Learn how to use the tools.

The life and legacy of a fiery New York teachers' advocate gets caught in the crossfire of a changing liberal landscape.

Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken has won wide support among voters--and conservatives are getting scared.

The left's literary canon has neglected the contributions less-celebrated writers have made to the political significance of literature.

A new wave of grassroots Jewish activism is emerging around issues like housing, healthcare and education.

It's early in the game, but his bid to unseat Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman is gaining strength.

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Coverage of Newtown, the great Walmart walkout and 2012's most valuable progressives.

December 22, 2012

As he takes the lead in the fight to defend Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the senator has much to teach progressives about how to do politics right.

December 5, 2012

Obstruction has ruled in Albany for too long. The governor must push for a Democratic majority in the New York State Senate.

November 27, 2012

The Congressional Progressive Caucus is standing up to austerity hawks, promoting a “Deal For All” that protects social spending and invests in real growth. 

November 19, 2012

A record turnout for non–white male voters gave the president a mandate to champion.

November 9, 2012

The president won big. Democrats added Senate seats and won the majority of the votes cast for the US House. It’s a mandate. Don’t squander it.

November 9, 2012

President Obama won big on election night, garnering a wider margin of victory than many of his predecessors. Now’s the time for him to act.

November 8, 2012

Social movements must believe in themselves as much as they believe in any politician, and keep fighting for true change. 

November 7, 2012

Protecting freedom does not mean shielding a market from restrictions—it means fighting for economic justice and equality. 

November 5, 2012

Regardless of who wins the presidential election, progressives need to devise a strategy for building a majority.

November 2, 2012